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The Spirit of Earth Pig is best represented by Yellow Dragon

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Yellow Dragon

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Portrait of the Guangxu Emperor, with depictions of the Yellow Dragon embroidered on his robe.
The Yellow Dragon (traditional Chinese黃龍simplified Chinese黄龙pinyinHuánglóngCantonese YaleWong4 Lung4 JapaneseKōryū or ŌryūKoreanHwang-Ryong VietnameseHoàng Long) is the zoomorphic incarnation of the Yellow Emperor of the centre of the universe in Chinese religion and mythology.[1]
The Yellow Emperor or Yellow Deity was conceived by a virgin motherFubao, who became pregnant after seeing a yellow ray of light turning around the Northern Dipper (in Chinese theology the principal symbol of God). Twenty four months later the Yellow Emperor was born and was associated to the colour yellow because it is the colour of the Earth ( 地), the material substance, in which he incarnated.[1]

Myths of Fuxi and Huangdi[edit]

According to legends the Yellow Dragon already manifested hornless to Fuxi, emerging from the River Luo, and instructing him with the elements of writing. When it appeared before Fuxi, it filled a hole in the sky made by the monster Gonggong.
The Yellow Emperor was said to have turned in the form of the Yellow Dragon at the end of his life, to ascend to Heaven. Since the Chinese consider him to be their ancestor, they sometimes refer to themselves as "children of the dragon". This legend also contributed towards the use of the Chinese dragon as a symbol of imperial power.
The Chinese national flag from 1889-1912 is also called the Yellow Dragon Flag (simplified Chinese黄龙旗traditional Chinese黃龍旗pinyinhuánglóng qí).

Other uses[edit]

In East Asian culture, the Yellow Dragon is the fifth symbol completing the Sixiang (Four Symbols). This deity is the centre of the cosmos and it represents the elementearth, the Chinese quintessence, as well as the changing of the seasons.
The Yellow Dragon does not appear in Japanese mythology: the fifth element in the Japanese elemental system is the void, so there cannot be an animal representing it. However, some consider the Ōryū as the Japanese counterpart of the Yellow Dragon since they share some similarities.

See also[edit]

Tibetan Earth Boar 2019

2019: Earth Pig or Earth Boar

Pig (zodiac)

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The Pig () is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. In the continuous sexagenary cycle, every twelfth year corresponds to hai, and is commonly called the "Year of the Pig" . There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: MetalWaterWoodFire, and Earth.
In the Japanese zodiac and the Tibetan zodiac, the Pig is replaced by the boar.[1] In the Dai zodiac, the Pig is replaced by the elephant.[2] In the Gurung zodiac, the Pig is replaced by the deer.[3]

Pig in the Chinese zodiac legend[edit]

According to the myths, the Pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called for the great meeting. Other sources said that Buddha called for a great meeting when he was about to leave the Earth. The Pig came in last.
Legend has it that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term "lazy Pig" is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle.[4]
Other sources say that given his very stout form, he was just too slow a swimmer, and thus he could not do anything against the other animals.

Years and the Five Elements[edit]

The view of the Pig along the Coastal City of GyeongjuNorth Gyeongsang ProvinceSouth Korea

The Pig and the Elements[edit]

The natural element of the Pig is Water. Thus, it is commonly associated with emotions and intuitions. Yet, given that along with the elements (called the Celestial stem), the animal zodiac (called the Earthly stem) follows a cycle, each of the elements affect the characteristic of the same Earthly stem.
However, the Pig is yin, and thus only the negative aspects of the elements can be attached to them, thus only 5 kinds of Pigs are found in the zodiac. They are the following:
 (yǐhài) – The Wood Pig
 (dīnghài) – The Fire Pig
 (jǐhài) – The Earth Pig
 (xīnhài) – The Metal Pig
 (guǐhài) – The Water Pig

The Years of the Pig[edit]

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Pig", while bearing the following elemental sign:[5]
Since the Chinese zodiac follows the Lunar calendar, it does not coincide with the Gregorian calendar years or months. Thus, people born on 9 February 1899 still belongs to the preceding zodiac(i.e. the Dog) while those born on 31 January 1900 already belongs to the following zodiac (i.e. the Rat).[6]
Start dateEnd dateHeavenly Branch
4 February 193523 January 1936Wood Pig
22 January 19479 February 1948Fire Pig
8 February 195927 January 1960Earth Pig
27 January 197114 February 1972Metal Pig
13 February 19831 February 1984Water Pig
31 January 199518 February 1996Wood Pig
18 February 20076 February 2008Fire Pig
5 February 201924 January 2020Earth Pig
23 January 203110 February 2032Metal Pig
10 February 204329 January 2044Water Pig

The month and hour of the Pig[edit]

Month of the Pig[edit]

Aside from being assigned a year, the Pig is assigned to govern a month in the Lunar calendar. As the lunar month cycle begins in spring, the Pig is assigned to the 10th month, usually the time when winter begins. This lunar month corresponds to the Gregorian calendar as beginning from 7 November, and ending at 6 December.
The first half of the month is called 立冬 (or in pinyinLìdōng). Literally, it means the "Start of Winter". It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 225° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 240°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 225°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around 7 November, and ends around 22 November.
The second half of the month is called 小雪 (or in pinyinXiǎoxuě). Literally, the time of the "Little Snow". It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 240° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 255°. It more often refers in particular to the day when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 240°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around 22 November, and ends around 7 December.
People born in any year are said to inherit some attributes of the Pig if they are born during these months. Thus, in order to complete the astrological reading, it is important to know this month as well.

Hour of the Pig[edit]

Given that the day is composed of 24 hours, each sign is given to the different signs of the zodiac. The Pig is assigned to govern the time between 21:00 hrs to 22:59 hrs. According to tradition, this is the time when the Pig is doing what it does best (sleeping and enjoying the sweet life).
In terms of astrology, the hours in which people are born (technically termed as the Ascendant) are the second most important facet of their astrology. Thus, this alters greatly the characteristics. Even if people are born in any year governed by another animal (for example, anyone born on 20 December 2000, i.e. year of the Dragon) will display strong characteristics of the Pig. Thus, they may be fierce and strong like the Dragon, but at the same time emotional and intuitive like the Pig.

Chinese Zodiac Pig Compatibility Grid[edit]

SignBest MatchAverage MatchNo Match

Relationship with other signs[edit]

The Pig belongs to the fourth Trine of the Chinese zodiac. It is most compatible with the Rabbit. The gentle and sensitive Goat is most compatible with the Pig. Also, two Pigs can get along well with each other. It is said that the relationship between these three archetypes work best as they strive for aestheticism, beauty, and a more philosophical, and intellectual approach in life. Their calm nature gives them great leadership abilities.
They are artistic, refined, intuitive, intelligent, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The RabbitGoat, and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other nine signs.
These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive love. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathetic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic.
The Snake, is said to be incompatible with the Pig as the jovial character of the Pig, and is opposite from that of the reserved and contemplative Snake.

Basic astrology elements[edit]

Earthly Branches Of Birth Year:Hai
The Five Elements:Water
Yin Yang:Yin
Lunar Month:Tenth
Lucky Numbers:2, 5, 6, 8; Avoid: 3, 4, 9
Lucky Flowers:Lily of each and every species
Lucky Colors:yellow; Avoid: red, blue
Closest Western Zodiac:Aries

Cultural notes

Earth (classical element)

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Earth is one of the classical elements, in some systems numbering four along with airfire, and water.

European tradition[edit]

Earth (1681) by Benoît Massou, a statue of the Grande Commande, with allegorical attributes inspired by Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia.
Earth is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with qualities of heaviness, matter and the terrestrial world. Due to the hero cults, and chthonic underworld deities, the element of earth is also associated with the sensual aspects of both life and death in later occultism.
Empedocles of Acragas (c. 495 – c. 435 BCE) proposed four archai by which to understand the cosmosfire, airwater, and earthPlato (427 – 347 BCE) believed the elements were geometric forms (the platonic solids) and he assigned the cube to the element of earth in his dialogue Timaeus.[1] Aristotle (384–322 BCE) believed earth was the heaviest element, and his theory of natural place suggested that any earth–laden substances, would fall quickly, straight down, towards the center of the cosmos.[2]
In Classical Greek and Roman myth, various goddesses represented the Earth, seasons, crops and fertility, including Demeter and PersephoneCeres; the Horae(goddesses of the seasons), and Proserpina; and Hades (Pluto) who ruled the souls of dead in the Underworld.
In ancient Greek medicine, each of the four humours became associated with an element. Black bile was the humor identified with earth, since both were cold and dry. Other things associated with earth and black bile in ancient and medieval medicine included the season of fall, since it increased the qualities of cold and aridity; the melancholic temperament (of a person dominated by the black bile humour); the feminine; and the southern point of the compass.
Alchemical symbol for earth
In alchemy, earth was believed to be primarily dry, and secondarily cold, (as per Aristotle). Beyond those classical attributes, the chemical substance salt, was associated with earth and its alchemical symbol was a downward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line.

Indian tradition[edit]

Prithvi (Sanskritpṛthvī, also pṛthivī) is the Hindu earth and mother goddess. According to one such tradition, she is the personification of the Earth itself; according to another, its actual mother, being Prithvi Tattwa, the essence of the element earth.
As Prithvi Mata, or "Mother Earth", she contrasts with Dyaus Pita, "father sky". In the Rigvedaearth and sky are frequently addressed as a duality, often indicated by the idea of two complementary "half-shells." In addition, the element Earth is associated with Budha or Mercury who represents communication, business, mathematics and other practical matters.

Ceremonial magic[edit]

Earth and the other Greek classical elements were incorporated into the Golden Dawn system. Zelator is the elemental grade attributed to earth; this grade is also attributed to the Qabbalisticsphere Malkuth.[3] The elemental weapon of earth is the Pentacle.[4] Each of the elements has several associated spiritual beings. The archangel of earth is Uriel, the angel is Phorlakh, the ruler is Kerub, the king is Ghob, and the earth elementals (following Paracelsus) are called gnomes.[5] Earth is considered to be passive; it is represented by the symbol for Taurus, and it is referred to the lower left point of the pentagram in the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.[6] Many of these associations have since spread throughout the occult community.
It is sometimes represented by its Tattva or by a downward pointing triangle with a horizontal line through it.


Other traditions[edit]

In East Asiametal is sometimes seen as the equivalent of earth and is represented by the White Tiger (Chinese constellation), known as 白虎 (Bái Hǔ) in ChineseByakko in JapaneseBạch Hổin Vietnamese and Baekho (백호, Hanja:白虎) in KoreanEarth is represented in the Aztec religion by a house; to the Hindus, a lotus; to the Scythians, a plough; to the Greeks, a wheel; and in Christian iconography; bulls and birds.